‘If You Wouldn’t Eat Your Dog, Why Eat a Lobster?’ Vegan PETA Plea Lands in Bridlington

Bridlington – A half-puppy, half-lobster gives the “lobster capital of Europe” food for thought, courtesy of artwork from PETA that’s on display around the town challenging viewers to question why we kill and consume lobsters but wouldn’t dream of doing the same to dogs. The ads urge locals and visitors to confront the hypocrisy by going vegan.

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“Lobsters feel pain and fear – and, in all the ways that matter most, they are no different from our beloved companion animals,” says PETA Vice President of UK Programmes and Operations Elisa Allen. “They deserve to enjoy their lives, not be boiled to death, and PETA is encouraging everyone to go vegan and leave lobsters in peace.”

Lobsters are intelligent individuals who explore their surroundings, can remember other individual lobsters, and use complex signals to establish social relationships. If left alone, they can live to be more than 100 years old. A PETA exposé of a crustacean slaughterhouse revealed that live lobsters were impaled, torn apart, and decapitated – even as their legs continued to move. Chefs typically place lobsters into pots of boiling water while they’re still conscious – a practice so cruel that it has been banned in Switzerland. Before being boiled, lobsters are sometimes kept on ice, which is so painful that Italy has banned it.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – features a list of vegan seafood options on its website and offers a free vegan starter kit.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookX (formerly Twitter)TikTok, or Instagram.


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